I am an electron microscopist fascinated by the complex and beautiful ways atoms arrange themselves. My passion is linking atomic structure to materials properties via electron microscopy, particularly for energy materials such as solar cells. Currently I am working at the Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy (StEM ) in the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany.
After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Materials Physics from Wuhan University, China in 2005, I started my research career as a PhD student in the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. There I learned various materials synthesis and characterization techniques, and how to design and improve new materials. During the last year of my PhD, I worked in the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA as a visiting student. There I found my true passion in electron microscopy because of its power to link atomic structure to materials properties. After receiving my PhD at the beginning of 2012, I stayed in Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Postdoc for a DOE Sunshot Program, and worked on understanding how defect structure affects the efficiency of CdTe solar cells. In late 2014, I moved to University of Vienna, and received my first grant, the EU Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship. I continued working on studying defects in crystals via electron microscopy, linking interface dislocation structure with the crystal growth mechanisms. After this project finished in 2017, I moved to the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, working in the Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy (StEM Group), continuing my research into the atomic structure of defects, and structure-property correlation in energy materials.
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